Get ready to rock at Cincinnati Museum Center’s newest exhibit – Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World.
The exhibit is part history, part science, part pop culture… all centered around America’s favorite instrument – the guitar. The exhibit allows you to witness the evolution of the guitar (through examples) and encourages you to appreciate the impact its had on history.
The guitars are part of the traveling National Guitar Museum (founded to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar).
Nearly 100 artifacts (including over 60 instruments) trace the guitar’s evolution and the way cultures and musicians changed the shape and sound of the instrument. You’ll find all kinds of “guitar examples” from the Nyatiti (originating in the upper Nile Valley in 3000 BCE) to the Lute to the Banjo.
Various stringed instruments can be found all throughout the exhibit. You’ll find guitars from familiar names (including Elvis Presley, seen below) and can enjoy videos and vignettes featuring some of your favorite guitarists.
The exhibit features a number of hands-on exhibits that allows you to play and experiment with sound. Try your mad skills out on the world’s largest playable electric guitar. This larger-than-life Gibson guitar is 43′ long and weighs in at 2244 pounds (similar in weight to a small car). Seriously, you can strum the strings.
They have interactive “games” where you can test your riff-ability, design your own guitar, or experiment with sound waves.
Given Cincinnati’s rich music history with King Records, Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World should feel right at home at Cincinnati Museum Center! And, speaking of Cincinnati, doesn’t this one kind of remind you of Music Hall’s Rose Window?!
Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World is at Cincinnati Museum Center from September 21, 2018 until January 6, 2019.